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Thursday 22nd July 2021

If you are visiting this web-site for the first time, a very warm welcome; and for those of you who are 'old hands' welcome back! I hope you will enjoy having a look around.

Newish on this page is an arrangement of Once Again, another lovely Matt Redman composition and a song that may be familiar to some of you - scroll down towards the bottom of this page and it is the first track on the list. We hope very much you also like our other arrangements of some of our favourite well-known worship songs. Simply click on a title and listen.

It has been three weeks since I last wrote here - and of course we have been enjoying a bit of summer (though I realise not everyone - the heat has become quite oppressive hasn't it) - I enjoyed a delightful walk in the New Forest on Tuesday, but I think we were a little ambitious to go for an eight-mile route... decided it was better to cut it a bit short as it was hot! I have also been enjoying some really nice lunches out. I am so pleased that pubs and restaurants seem to have been doing such good trade after all they have endured.

It has been nice to have had a little bit more freedom in our lives - though Monday was never going to be so-called Freedom Day. Even with the amazing success of the vaccination rollout this may still be a time to be 'cautiously optimistic'. A lot is going to depend on our behaviour, and also on travel arrangements - and things seem to be changing fast again. How businesses such as Brittany Ferries are coping in all this I do not know. Let's hope for greater uniformity amongst the governments of different countries.

I hope those of you who are reading this are not suffering too much, and that whatever your circumstances you are able to keep your spirits up.

I am very much looking forward to a recording of Songs of Praise presented by Aled Jones at the open-air 'amphitheatre' in Swanage a week today. We are hoping for fine weather, and if so it should be rather fun. I have booked a hair appointment for the morning to make sure I am looking my best ha ha. I will let you know when it is due for transmission.

I am still not able to get in to hospital on a Wednesday for my Chaplaincy duties, and am missing it very much - but for Talking News we have been recording at home for over a year, with weekly recordings going out online and on memory sticks.

John Daniels and I very much hope that our music may bring many of you comfort and strength at these challenging and difficult times. It is being played from time to time as a bed for morning thoughts, readings and prayers for weekly online local radio Sunday services.

I always value and enjoy playing as part of the worship group at Shoreline Church, a community church is Stubbington, and tend to be there every other week at the moment. We celebrated our 21st anniversary last year and moved to a new venue, the Crofton Hall at Stubbington Community Centre. More details at https://www.shorelinechristianchurch.com (type in your browser).

My music, and that with John, continues to touch many hearts - and is especially poignant at times of sadness and loss and for reconciliation purposes. Our music seems to have a capacity to bring people together, and this ties in with a comment from one of the vergers at Peterborough Cathedral a couple of years ago that meant a lot to me. The cathedral is used to holding more formal lunchtime concerts during the summer months, but he said that some of them can be a bit highbrow and described my music as being 'inclusive rather than exclusive' - appealing to a wide range of tastes. I took what he said very much to heart and would hope that my music always serves to draw people in rather than turn them away.

And it is always heartening, and humbling too, for both John and I, to receive and read your correspondence. Thank you so much. I would like to share one of the messages with you and have put it on the Reviews page. It is from a lady who has heard me in Norwich Cathedral, and I am grateful for her kind permission to reproduce it, anonymously.

On the Radio page are some interviews which hopefully give an insight into my life and music. For more details on Blue Is the Sky go to http://rsmithcompany.moonfruit.com/#/blue-is-the-sky/4590394637.

I am increasingly being asked where our music is available. Apart from this web-site's Online Shop, and a number of internet sites, our CDs are on sale in a number of Christian bookshops around the country - although sadly many have had to close their doors. All are available through Amazon and/or to download via a number of internet sites including iTunes and CD Baby. Simply go to one of these sites and type the title and/or our names in the Search box.

Once Again
Shout to the Lord
Endless Hallelujah
I Will Offer up my Life
You Alone/Mercy Medley
The Servant Song
Above All Else

Happy listening!

Charles

Something Music Ltd